ABOVE: From left, Hospital CEO Susan Peach and COO Ryan Williams cut the ribbon to Sumner Regional Medical Center’s newly renovated Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit on Friday, January 26, surrounded by physicians, clinical staff, board members and community leaders. // SUBMITTED
HIGH POINT HEALTH SYSTEM
HighPoint Health System and Sumner Regional Medical Center, part of LifePoint Health®, on Friday celebrated the completion of a comprehensive renovation of the hospital’s 17-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at the Gallatin hospital.
The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) is the only hospital-based IRU in Sumner County.
A group of more than 100 medical and clinical staff, community leaders, elected officials and hospital supporters joined Susan Peach, Market President of HighPoint Health System and CEO of SRMC, to help celebrate the occasion with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, followed by tours of the unit.
“We are absolutely thrilled we were provided the opportunity to upgrade the unit that houses our inpatient rehabilitation program at Sumner Regional,” Peach said. “This unit was one of the last of the original hospital to be renovated and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. Our clinical staff, medical staff and rehabilitation therapists deserve to work in an environment that is as excellent as the care they provide, and our patients and their families deserve the very best in technology, equipment and comfort while they complete their rehabilitation.”
The hospital’s COO, Ryan Williams, who oversaw the renovation project, added, “The IRU construction and renovation project included a complete renovation of the unit, including 17 state-of-the-art patient rooms, which all feature newly expanded ADA-accessible bathrooms with brand new tile, lighting and fixtures, all new furniture and flat-screen televisions, brand new cabinetry and patients beds that include advanced technology to provide the utmost comfort for our rehab patients. The new IRU feels like an entirely new unit and we’re so proud to be able to open it on Monday for our staff and patients.”
Additional renovations include 92,000 square-feet of brand new flooring and ceilings, high-end finishes and upgrades throughout the entire unit, new countertops, cabinetry, lighting fixtures, and all new paint and décor in the nursing stations. The unit also features two completely renovated gyms for occupational and physical therapy, with all new state-of-the-art equipment including an electronic vision coach for stroke patients experiencing vision deficits, an unweighing treadmill system for stroke patients who are learning to walk again, a new high-low table for speech therapy – which helps patients regain speech and cognitive skills simultaneously, new bicycles and hand bikes, weights, Thera band and bar systems, and the occupational therapy gym features all new stainless steel appliances.
Neurologist Marcos Cruz, MD, Internist/Hospitalist Sean Donovan, MD, and Pulmonologist/Hospitalist Matt King, MD, serve as medical directors of the unit and oversee the day-to-day medical care of patients admitted to the IRU.
“For years, our rehab unit has been able to take exceptional care of patients from our community and beyond following national guidelines and providing the best care possible,” said Dr. Cruz. “Now, with a new state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation unit, we will be able to enhance our care even further. We can provide an even higher level of care, close to home, in a beautiful new unit. ”
The IRU renovation project was designed by HMK Architects, PLLC, and construction contractors were Batten and Shaw Construction and Southeast Construction and Restoration, Inc. The project was initiated in September 2017. During the renovation project, rehabilitation patients received care in a medical/surgical unit that was temporarily redesigned for rehabilitative care. Current and new patients will move into the new IRU on Monday, Jan. 29.
Sumner Inpatient Rehab offers patients all private rooms, flexible visiting hours, on-site laboratory services, medical imaging and dialysis, consultations with other medical specialists, when needed, and an experienced and knowledgeable rehabilitation staff. While in the IRU, patients complete three hours of physical therapy per day, five days per week, see a physician a minimum of three days a week during their rehabilitation, receive physical, occupational and/or speech therapy, and are provided care that is overseen 24-hours a day by registered nurses in the unit. The average length of stay for an IRU patient is between 14 and 21 days.
To learn more about the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at SRMC, please visit http://www.mysumnermedical.com/our-services/inpatient-rehabilitation-services.